A woman from Carlton, North Yorkshire, has been imprisoned after duping the DVLA into revoking her driving ban.
Kalpna Copeland, 37, a serial drink driver, sent an email to the DVLA, posing as a court official and requesting for the ban to be lifted.
Rob Galley, prosecuting in the case, told York Crown Court that Copeland had been banned after being caught drink driving for the third time in six years.
She was subsequently jailed for 120 days but failed to learn from her mistakes.
Shortly after her release, she sent two emails to the DVLA, claiming to be “Sam Goozee,” a clerk at York Magistrates Court.
In the emails, she advised that the ban “no longer applied.”
Despite being sent from an ordinary Yahoo email address and not a secure government email address, an employee at the DVLA believed the information and lifted the ban.
However, following a review of the information provided, the DVLA informed the police and refused to return her license.
Police traced the emails to Copeland’s brother’s address; the property she had been lodging at since her release from prison.
Following her actions, Copeland pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by false representation and was jailed for six months.
Recorder, Tony Kelbrick declared: “Society must be able to rely on the integrity of the court system.
“It must be able to rely on the fact the courts punish those who offend with the punishment which they deserve and the disqualification you received was clearly deserved.
“People must know that if they do what you did, they will be punished and it will be a sentence of imprisonment.”
The DVLA has defended its actions during the case stating: “The DVLA has robust processes in place to identify and prevent criminal abuse of the driving licence system.
“Where there is any doubt over the integrity of the information it receives the Agency will conduct a full investigation and depending on the findings appropriate action will be taken.”
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